Finding Your New Feathered Friend: The Top 10 Pet Birds

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When talking about the top 10 pet birds, there are many things to take into consideration.

First and foremost, make sure the particular bird is appropriate for you and your lifestyle. Make sure you know the reasons you want a bird, and make sure the bird you’re considering satisfies them. In other words, if speaking ability is important to you, then be sure to purchase a bird that has the potential to talk.

Also, consider the life span of the bird, which ranges from 10 to 60 years, depending on the species. Do you really want a pet that may outlive you?

Once you’ve decided on a bird that meets your needs, think about whether you can meet his. Certain species are highly social and need regular interaction and training.

That all being said, here are the top 10 pet birds. See which one is best for you and welcome that feathered friend into your home!

Blue and Gold Macaws

Blue and gold macaws (Ara ararauna) are prized for their beauty and personality. They make excellent pets, although some have a tendency to become nippy. Young, hand-raised macaws are very adaptable and easily handled by many people. They are very intelligent and relatively easy to train. Blue and gold macaws can live up to 50 years.

Triton Cockatoos

Triton cockatoos (Cacatua galerita triton) are affectionate, playful and highly intelligent birds. They are excellent companions for those who want a charming, loving bird. Young cockatoos should be socialized to many people and exposed to a variety of situations such as new cages, toys, visits to the veterinarian, handling by friends, wing and nail clips, etc. to avoid fear of novel situations. Tritons and other cockatoo species can be very long lived and a few individuals in zoos have lived up to 50 to 60 years.

African Greys

African greys (Psittacus erithacus) are often considered to be the best talkers of all parrots, rivaled only by some Amazons. They are gifted mimics, reproducing sounds such as ringing telephones, microwave buzzers, car horns, and the voices of individuals. Some are highly trained birds, capable of reasoning and verbal communication. Since they are happiest left alone, they make good pets for people who live in quiet homes, particularly in homes without children. African greys can live up to 50 years.

Janday Conures

Janday Conures (Aratinga auricapilla jandaya) are sweet, adorable, affectionate, and intelligent, making them a mainstay on most top 10 pet birds lists. Janday conures are inquisitive, playful, active, spunky, and curious, and they love to play with toys. They are also friendly and love to be held by their owners. Jandays make good family pets because they tolerate family noise and activity, as well as the actions of children. Most conures live 15 to 35 years.

Blue-Headed Pionus

Blue-Headed Pionus (Pionus menstruus) are one of the most popular and well known of all pionus parrots. They are intelligent, inquisitive birds that sometimes bond fiercely to their owners. Mature birds, especially males, may become bonded to one person and aggressively protect that person from other people, including other family members. They make very good pets but don’t typically speak well. Blue-headed pionus can probably live up to 35 to 45 years or more, but little is known about their life span in captivity.

Red-collared Lorikeets

Red-collared lorikeets (Trichoglossus rubritorquis) are affectionate birds that are highly intelligent, friendly, and playful. They can be taught to perform tricks like fetch or basketball. Red-collared lorikeets require a lot of attention to maintain their emotional health, and they typically bond to one human. They like to feel as though they are part of the family. Red-collared lorikeets can live up to 30 years.



Budgies (Melopsittacus undulatus) are some of the most popular pet birds in the world today, and certainly one of the top 10 pet birds. They include the American parakeet, English parakeet, shell parakeet, budgie, and budgerigar. Bird experts prefer that budgies not be called parakeets, since parakeet is a common term for several small parrot-type birds with long tails. A budgie is a parakeet but a parakeet is not always a budgie. Relatively inexpensive, they are not loud, do not take up a lot of space and do not make a mess. They are easy to train and make exceptional pets if they receive a lot of attention. As with most birds, the budgie will bond quicker to you if it is a single bird. If you have a busy lifestyle and feel you would not have a lot of time to interact with your bird, you may want to consider having two as they are flock birds and like companionship. They usually live 15 to 18 years.


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